State of Mind Rugby League

The ‘STATE OF MIND’ Mental Health and Wellbeing Programme in Rugby League arose following the sad death of Terry Newton, a very popular professional player, who in the months prior to his death in September 2010 encountered many personal difficulties.

www.StateofMindRugby.com

www.StateofMindRugby.com

In November 2010 a human resource management professional and nurse professionals, former NHS Directors and rugby league enthusiasts, Ernie Benbow and Malcolm Rae, Phil Cooper and Carol Ede, instigated a movement that set out to create an environment to promote positive mental health and well-being in the sport of rugby league in particular but also in its embedded roots in community life. They were joined by a number of current and former NHS professionals plus two former “Wigan and Great Britain players” and current Sky Sports presenters, Brian Carney and Terry O’Connor who felt it would be appropriate to honour Terry’s memory by raising the profile of mental health and suicide prevention.

Terry Newton GB

Terry Newton GB

This programme ultimately aims to link local Rugby League Clubs, both professional and amateur and supporters in pursuing community wellness, mental health improvement, suicide prevention and substance misuse (including prescription drugs) strategies for young people.

The RFL have endorsed the programme by awarding themed status to Round 27 of season 2011 as ‘STATE OF MIND – a round dedicated to raising awareness of mental fitness issues and seeking improvements to wellbeing’.
Adrian Morley of Warrington Wolves and Great Britain

Adrian Morley State of Mind Ambassador

Adrian Morley State of Mind Ambassador

‘As a former team mate and personal friend of Terry Newton I was shocked and devastated by Terry’s sad and untimely death at such a young age. He was a wonderfully gifted player and the sport of rugby league is a lesser place for his loss.
I was, therefore, encouraged when I was briefed on the programme that was being developed to raise awareness of matters of mental fitness and overall wellbeing. I was even more encouraged by the news that this was aimed at the sport of rugby league at the elite level initially but ultimately through all levels of rugby league, professional and amateur, and into local rugby league communities.

As a former team mate and personal friend of Terry Newton I was shocked and devastated by Terry’s sad and untimely death at such a young age. He was a wonderfully gifted player and the sport of rugby league is a lesser place for his loss


I have now been asked by the leaders of the ‘STATE OF MIND’ programme to be their Player Ambassador. I am, of course, delighted to accept their offer and join them in this vital work. I will assist in whatever way I can both now and into the future to make the aims and objectives of the programme a reality.

I call on all RL clubs and communities to support this wonderful work. I also ask Super League clubs to seek and nominate a top player as their club ambassador for ‘STATE OF MIND’.

Rugby league should celebrate the high regard and love that its fans have for it that can manifest itself in the dedicated, committed and professional way that the two founders give of their time freely and the NHS and Rugby League Community work together to drive the programme forward because of their love of the game. I fully support the aims and aspirations of this wonderful programme and all those involved and as such it has my total support and

endorsement.’

Prepared by Phil Cooper Warrington Wolves Rugby League supporter. To access the developing State of Mind website please click below

www.stateofmindrugby.com

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